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Report: TMZ paid more than $100,000 for Rice videos

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Report: TMZ paid more than $100,000 for Rice videos

The video that cost Ray Rice his career with the Ravens apparently cost TMZ more than a $100,000.

According to a story in the New Yorker focusing on TMZ founder Harvey Levin, the website paid about $15,000 for the video that showed the former Ravens’ running back dragging his then-fiancée and current wife from a casino elevator. Then the website paid nearly $90,000 for the video that showed Rice punching his current wife, Janay Rice, in the elevator on the same night in February of 2014.

That second video, released to the public in September of 2014, led to the Ravens immediately releasing Rice just before he was due to return from a two-game suspension, while the NFL reacted by suspending Rice indefinitely. Rice won an appeal to gain eligibility for reinstatement, but he has not played in the NFL since. The longer he remains unsigned, the less likely it becomes that the 29-year-old Rice will get a chance to resume his career. Free agency is set to begin next month, but while free agent running backs like Doug Martin, Matt Forte, Chris Ivory, and Lamar Miller are expected to be highly-coveted, Rice’s name is not being mentioned in league circles.

Rice has been working to raise awareness about domestic violence since his ouster form the league, and has expressed a desire to work with the NFL to increase domestic violence awareness and prevention.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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